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Old 07-08-2009, 11:33 AM   #1
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Question lap timers knowledge needed

So, I know exactly about lap timers........
Before everyone gets all in my , I know I am just getting started and don't need to worry about lap times. I am not worried about them at all, just started thinking about the subject yesterday and was wondering some things about them.
First of all, I know most of the tracks/track day orgs set up a transmitter for rented timers. My first question is, can any timer be used with any transmitter?
Also, what exactly is the benefit of buying an $800 timer over a $100 one? I know that some of the more expensive ones can be accurate to 1/1000th of a second or so, but is that the major difference? Are they higher priced based off of how much data they can store?
Anyways, just wanted to get some basic knowledge for later use.
Also, if someone has a cheap lap timer they are wanting to sell, I might be interested in buying one. Not trying to run one all the time, but would like to take one out once in a while just to gauge my improvements. Not too worried about saving every lap from every track day. I won't be that fast for some time. More interested in seeing how I progress every few track days........
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:41 AM   #2
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lap timers are what we like to call "lie detectors".

depends on what you are looking for. some cost more because of size of display, functions available, and reliability. those cheap ones seem to break down fast. i've got the aim mychron light tg timer and it has lasted me 3 years so far without ever taking a .

http://www.aimsports.com/products/tg/index.html

has a big display, easy to use, lap displays in a few different ways. imo, worth the extra $50-75 over the XT Racing version.
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Good lookin out Tony. I'll check it out
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I bought one a few TDs ago and I lost all fun. I was so worried about lap times that I was not having fun, I don't use it anymore (at least on the last 3 TD).
If you are starting and just want to have fun, you might want to consider that before getting a lap timer.
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I have a Mini XT. I place it on the back of the bike though. I don't pay attention to times when I am actually on the track. If I get off and realized I was faster that time around then cool, if not oh well, I am out there to have fun.
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lap timers = DISAPPOINTMENT
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I bought one a few TDs ago and I lost all fun. I was so worried about lap times that I was not having fun, I don't use it anymore (at least on the last 3 TD).
If you are starting and just want to have fun, you might want to consider that before getting a lap timer.
Completely understandable. That is why I won't be running it all the time. Will only run it 1 or 2 sessions a day and only every few track days. Not going to concentrate on the times that much. Just more of curiosity of my improvement.

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I have a Mini XT. I place it on the back of the bike though. I don't pay attention to times when I am actually on the track. If I get off and realized I was faster that time around then cool, if not oh well, I am out there to have fun.
Exactly what I would be doing. Which is way I am not too interested in a high dollar one right now. Would be pointless for me, at my current skill level (or lack there of).
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My = DISAPPOINTMENT
Ah come on James, it can't be that bad!!!
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I have the XT ultra...but...if I had it to do all over again, I would have saved that $200 and bought a GPS based timer for 500ish. I am soooo fckn sick of track day beacons not working and too lazy to put my own out.
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Generally speaking the cheap ones work with a beacon and simply give you lap times. The more expensive ones are GPS based (they work without a beacon) and will do rpm, acceleration, deceleration, and possibly other data logging in addition to lap times.
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I have the XT ultra...but...if I had it to do all over again, I would have saved that $200 and bought a GPS based timer for 500ish. I am soooo fckn sick of track day beacons not working and too lazy to put my own out.
Amen to that. Be your "own man," get a GPS timer and dont EVER worry about this whole beacon b.s.

Every trackday i go to i see "them" testing to see if it works, hear about how many times it hasnt, why did i pay to rent this thing, blah blah blah

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Isn't Nacho selling his GPS timer?
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Yes. Is this proving something?

Last he spoke to me he may be selling his bike too.
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Yes. Is this proving something?

Last he spoke to me he may be selling his bike too.
It's proving that there should be a GPS lap timer available for cheap!!

BTW, I have an extra G2X as well...
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It's proving that there should be a GPS lap timer available for cheap!!

BTW, I have an extra G2X as well...
Thinking of getting out of a hobby all together proves there should be a cheaper GPS timer?

I fail to see the logic.

He's bought a boat and i i think might be re-evaluating how he wants to spend his free time at the moment. Bummer
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Transponder FTW. Check your lap times at the end of the day and dont have to keep wanting to check it all day.
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Thinking of getting out of a hobby all together proves there should be a cheaper GPS timer?

I fail to see the logic.

He's bought a boat and i i think might be re-evaluating how he wants to spend his free time at the moment. Bummer
It's really not complicated. Origonal poster was asking about lap timers. Another poster mentioned GPS timers and others the benefit. I mentioned that Nacho has one for sale.

What's so confusing, Brian?
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A stop watch should work fine.

You can enlist a peep who shows up for the parade lap to spot you on a few laps in the sessions just before or after lunch. I carry one in my track box and oftern take a few times on people when I'm between sessions or even if I just go to watch somtimes.
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A stop watch should work fine.

You can enlist a peep who shows up for the parade lap to spot you on a few laps in the sessions just before or after lunch. I carry one in my track box and oftern take a few times on people when I'm between sessions or even if I just go to watch somtimes.
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